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August 7, 2002
8:15 PM

Post #39025

Flicking through the telly channels last night, I came across the very end of a gardening programme I'd long since given up watching. One of the presenters was giving instrutions on one of the most unusual propagation techniques I've heard in a long time. It involves a ripe Banana and Dianthus.

No Baa hasn't flipped her lid and it made a lot of sense.

Take one very yellow (no brown bits but ripe) banana fruit and place it on it's side.

Using a cocktail stick, poke 3 holes at equal intervals along the side of the banana

Take 3 Dianthus pipings (cuttings made by cutting a non flowering leaf stem from the plant) and remove the bottom few leaves

Push each individual piping into each individual hole made by a cocktail stick.

Place in a well lit place but not full sun.

When the banana goes brown, cut it into 3 equal parts so you have a Dianthus cutting per banana slice.

Pot each banana/Dianthus slice into individual pots.

A superb food source in the banana and no root disturbance when you pot the cuttings on. I'm going to give this one a go with Dianthus and other herbaceous cuttings!

Whats the most unusual propagation technique you've ever come across or discovered for yourself?

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